Science in Action

Science in Action

New developments in science and science news from around the world, weekly from BBC World Service.

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  • Self-cleaning Cashmere; Self-cleaning Paint; Glaucoma Test; Urine-powered Lighting

    Thu, 5 Mar 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    A self-cleaning coating for delicate cashmere using solar-power chemistry; Superhydrophobic, self-cleaning surfaces that do not get spoiled by oil; Maths, rather than expensive medical equipment, makes glaucoma testing cheap and easy; Harnessing the power of urine to provide emergency lighting in refugee camps

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  • Conflict between energy, water & food; Clever desalination; Music and the brain; Mum's voice and babies brains

    Thu, 26 Feb 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    Exploring the growing conflict between access to fresh water, food production and energy generation; Desalination with added de-acidification of the oceans; The idea of controlling things with our minds is moving from science fiction to science fact; Playing very premature babies the sound of their mother's voice can help brain development

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  • Climate change and infectious diseases; Modelling changes in disease; Pathogens switching hosts; Schistosomiasis tracking; Using satellite data

    Thu, 19 Feb 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    Climate change is affecting the spread of infectious diseases like Malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue fever and West Nile Virus. Scientists are using a host of techniques to try to understand what is happening

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  • Ocean Plastic; Mekong River; Australian Aboriginal astronomy; Atomic clocks and lasers

    Thu, 12 Feb 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    New figures for the amount of plastic entering the worlds’ oceans; The fate of sediment in the Mekong river; An ancient rock formation in the Australian outback could be an early map of the Universe; Laser cooling atomic clocks for better accuracy

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  • Chimp Language; Cosmic Renaissance; Flying in a V; Carl Djerassi

    Thu, 5 Feb 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
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    New insights into the complexity of chimpanzee language; News on when the stars were first switched on in the Universe; Birds flying in a V formation take it in turns; Carl Djerassi, inventor of the contraceptive pill, died 30th January 2015

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